Head Lice: Protocol
Pediculosis a. Pediculosis Capitis management will be under the direction of District Registered Nurses and District Medical Director. Building Registered Nurses ONLY will assess for head lice in a student who has shown signs of infestation. This assessment will be in the Nurses office only to maintain the student’s confidentiality. Building Nurses will provide education for parents, students and staff on treatment and prevention of Head Lice. (CCSD BOE Policy # 5031, Revised 11/12/19)
Protocol as follows:
If nits are found, the student may remain in school at the discretion of the school nurse and building principal. The parents/guardians will be contacted and be provided with head lice treatment information.
If live head lice are found, the student will be excluded from the classroom and from school. The parents/guardians will be contacted to transport the student home or to make arrangements for transport by a relative or friend.
An immediate head check of all siblings should be instituted. After finding a case of head lice, the other students in that classroom may be checked at the discretion of the school nurse. Periodic sampling of classrooms may be helpful.
A student will be excluded from school until he/she is treated and re-evaluated by the school nurse. Once a student has been treated, parents/guardians must provide transportation to school. The student will be excluded from school until the school nurse determines he/she may return.
Re-inspection of the hair and scalp must be carried out by the school nurse when the child presents him/herself for readmission to school.
Head Lice: Treatment
Head lice are a widely misunderstood “nuisance-type” health problem. Head Lice can happen to anyone. Head lice do NOT transmit disease and are not an indication of poor hygiene. Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. Lice are only found on heads of host. Head lice do not jump or fly and are transmitted by head to head contact. On rare occasions have been known to transmit via hats, scarfs and bedding. Lice will lay eggs called nits on the shaft of a single hair. The eggs will hatch in about 10 days. The nymph will reach maturity in about 14 days. Signs and Symptoms of Head Lice are: Itching of Scalp Nits visible (extremely small specks white in color) possible rash on scalp or neck Treatment and Control Measures:
1. Treat with Lice killing shampoo OTC or RX
2. Manually remove nits via lice comb All nits will be killed with the pediculicide and removing nits will prevent misdiagnosis of another infestation.
3. All persons in the home should be checked for lice and treated.
4. Wash all bedding in hot water and dry on high.
5. Vacuum all cloth surfaces.
6. If School Nurse has verified lice, the student will have to be seen by Nurse to be cleared for class. Student must be brought in via parent for re assessment. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions.
Helpful Reminders for Classroom Treats
The following reminders will help you and your child when bringing in treats for their classmates.
Talk to your child's teacher to find out if there are any classmates with food allergies. Please avoid any foods that the student in the class is allergic to. If there are allergies, always be sure to let teacher or nurse know about the ingredients in the treat that is being brought to school.
Provide a treat that was baked in a commercial kitchen.
Treats should be brought in single servings, such as cookies or cupcakes.
When students distribute treats in school, they will be asked to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds and they will wear disposable food service gloves that the teacher will provide.
Please consider healthy treats for special occasions.
Thank you for your support in keeping treat time a pleasant and healthy experience!
Lyme Disease Prevention
When to keep your child home
There are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your healthcare provider. The following are a few such situations that warrant watching and possibly conferring with your health care provider:
Persistent fever greater than 100.4 orally, including a fever that requires control with medication, like Tylenol
Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class all day
Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Streptococcal throat infection
Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts that might be impetigo; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever
Red, running eyes that distract the child from learning
Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
Severe ear pain or drainage from ear
Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
Testing positive for COVID-19
Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others
When your child may return to school
Students that come into contact with COVID-19 cases are not required to be quarantined. The school encourages parents to test their child 3-5 days after contact or if symptoms occur. There is not a mask requirement for contacts but mask use and monitoring for symptoms is encouraged for 10 days after contact.
Students that test positive for COVID-19 are required by NYS to quarantine for 5 days, day 0 being the day of testing or the day symptoms first appear. They may return to school after the 5 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving. NYS also requires that they wear a well fitting mask while in school for days 6-10.